How many times have you pulled the trigger on a Steam pre-order, only to decide a few days before release that suddenly, you're just no longer into it? Buying in advance just isn't a good idea sometimes, as any seasoned gamer will tell you, and now Valve has implemented a way to protect you from at least some of the impulse buying its digital distribution platform inspires.
We don't post a ton of deals here on Maximum PC, but when we do, they're pretty sweet. With that in mind, we thought you'd like to know Electronic Arts is giving away free copies of Battlefield 3 for PC when you pre-order Mass Effect 3 from Origin. That's a $60 value folks (or around $45 if you do a bit of shopping around) for a game we're pretty fond of.
BioWare's Community Coordinator, Chris Priestly, is letting Mass Effect fans know that if they plan on helping Commander Shepard save the planet from Reapers, they'll have to go about it without using their Steam accounts. Mass Effect 3 will require interacting with EA's Origin platform and will be available for purchase through Origin and select digital download services not owned by Valve.
The comedy stylings of Louis C.K. isn't for everyone. For example, monks probably won't appreciate his vulgar language, and those British Royal Guards in England hardly laugh at anything. Screw them both, because not only is the guy hilarious (check him out on YouTube when you're not at work or around children), but he proved you can make a handsome profit on digital downloads without applying the shackles of DRM.
Skyrim may be the big budget game on everyone’s minds today, but it isn’t the only kick-ass RPG that was released this year. We found a lot of things to like in The Witcher 2 when we reviewed it back in June, and hey, it’s even DRM free! (Unless you buy it on Steam, of course.) While other publishers would have you believe that ditching digital protection is akin to asking for pirates to pillage games, CD Projekt has announced that The Witcher 2 has sold over a quarter million digital copies.
We turn to Google for our search. We turn to Google for our smartphones and tablets. Heck, thanks to YouTube, we even turn to Google for hilarious videos like “Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain.” But Google won’t stop there. Google wants to be the go-to brand for everything. Case in point: a company honcho confirmed earlier today that Google plans on stepping on Apple and Amazon’s toes and offering a major music service sometime in the not-to-distant future.
Maybe it's time we posted another guide on how to rip CDs so Beatles fans can save themselves a bit of scratch and fill their iPod touch devices without re-buying music. Or perhaps Beatles fans are invested in vinyl and cassette tapes. Get this -- initial sales figures show that music lovers purchased more than 450,000 Beatles albums and 2 million individual songs on iTunes through the first week of sales, according to Billboard.
U.S. album sales totaled 119,000 units, including 13,000 digital box sets, and 1.4 million individual digital tracks. To put that into perspective, weekly U.S. digital track sales have averaged 21.7 million units up to this point in 2010, which means the Beatles' first week of sales is about 6.4 percent of U.S. track sales for an average week.
You can also chalk this up to heavy marketing on the part of Apple. The Cupertino company ran TV spots during Sunday's American Music Awards, Sunday Night Football, and other prime time programming, with more TV and newspaper ads scheduled for Black Friday.
According to numbers compiled by the blokes over at the Official Charts Company (OCC), Britain went and passed the 500 millionth digital download mark, and these are of the legal variety.
"There are nearly 70 legal music services, more than any other country, and consumers continue to embrace the choice, value, and innovation on offer," said Geoff Taylor, chief executive of music industry body BPI.
"Five hundred million downloads is an astonishing achievement especially given the ongoing backdrop of widespread illegal downloading the music industry still faces."
By the end of August, the OCC had recorded 102 million legal downloads, and is on pace to record 170 million by the end of 2010. That would surpass 2009's 150 million downloads and 2008's 110 million.